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Bell rings for marina improvements

The town of Bell and community of Cornucopia are located about as far north as one can travel and still be in Wisconsin.

Dredging of Town Marina, Bell

These are two very small communities in Bayfield County on a very large lake with the advantage of having a natural harbor formation.

The Siskiwit Bay and Siskiwit River form the natural harbor at this location on Lake Superior, providing a safe harbor from the “sudden changes” in the lake, as well as recreational and fishing opportunities. There are two marinas in the Cornucopia Harbor, per the Bell/Cornucopia website.

Start dusting off your boat, because projects are under way to improve those marinas. On Friday, Bell will be opening bids for dredging about 3,000 cubic yards from the town’s marina.

There are also plans in the works to develop public access to the existing outer breakwater that protects Cornucopia’s harbor entrance. This project would consist of an ADA-accessible, hard-surface walkway in the inner break wall. A $26,000 grant application was submitted to Wisconsin Coastal Management and the communities have been told to expect an answer by mid-March as to the success of the application.

In December 2009, the Bell board of supervisors approved a 2010-2029 Comprehensive Plan, which includes a long range Marina Repair and Renovation Plan.

• Did you know that The Cornucopia Institute is located in this area as well? Its goal is to seek “economic justice for the family-scale farming community. Through research, advocacy, and economic development (their) goal is to empower farmers — partnered with consumers — in support of ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food.”

Ann Knoedler is the lead data reporter at The Daily Reporter. She’s a cornucopia of information.

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